A Denim Jacket for an Easy Transition to Spring

I donated all my trench coats this year with the intention of replacing them with one staple trench. So, I’ve been eying the J.Crew Striped Trech Coat (now on sale) and the Banana Republic Belted Cotton Trench (also on sale) as options. I’ve decided, however, to see how long I could go without actually feeling like I needed a trench. And, the way the weather has been, I’ve been reaching for my denim jacket. It’s been the perfect layer too.

DVF wrap dress (option) | Gap jacket | Sandals (option) | Gold hoops (similar)

Mac “Carmine Rouge” lipstick

Remember my How to Wear a Wrap Dress as a Cardigan post? Well, I finally wore that dress as intended recently. I needed a light layer that day for coverage and to also dress down the wrap a bit. My denim jacket was perfect for doing all that. By the way, my Gap jacket is about 8 years old. I swear it gets better with age.

If you caught my Hoop Dreams post, you already know that I’m all about the hoop earring trend this spring. My earrings are another super old item from my wardrobe. They’re a pair of 14kt gold earrings that I bought in TJ Maxx many years ago, back when the price of gold wasn’t so high. If you’re searching for a fashion pair, I love J.Crew’s Antique-Gold Hoops.

Gap denim Jacket

I considered choosing a pair of print shoes to mix things up a bit. I decided, however, to wear my blue suede shoes instead. My Luichiny sandals pack some punch, though, with their suede straps and sexy lace up vamp.

Location: The Grove, St. Louis

How to Mix Blue with Black and White

I’ve outlived so many fashion rules that I strongly believe in breaking the rules. Remember when wearing black and blue was a no-no? Well, that certainly no longer applies. In fact, blue paired with black can be such a sophisticated combination. Since, lapis blue is an IT color this spring, I envision mixing it often with my favorite foundation combination of black and white. Kinda like this.

Off the shoulder top c/o Laila Jayde | Gingham pants | d’Orsay Pumps

Choker (similar) |  Mac “Heroine” lipstick

I absolutely love this Banana Republic gingham print. You’ve seen me wear the full gingham print suit in Fun, Fear, Freedom, and Fashion and the blazer alone in Double Denim with a Fun Gingham Twist. Today, the gingham print pant is holding down this blue, black, and white combination.

My off-the-shoulder top is such a go-to piece for me. See it worn with leggings in Are Your Feeling the Spring Blues?. Shopping for a blue off the shoulder top? Check out my favorite affordable options in the widget below.

Blue Laila Jayde top

Location: Masonic Building, St. Louis


What to Get in the Victoria Beckham Target Collection

Just when you grow tired of Target designer collaborations, the retail giant announces a collection so good you’d consider standing in line in the wee hours of the morning just to shop it first. The Victoria Beckham Target Collection is hitting stores on April 9th, and it’s good, y’all. It’s really good. The prices are affordable, averaging under $40. The items are size inclusive ranging from XS to 3X. And, most importantly, the styles are bomb! You can view the entire collection at Victoria Beckham x Target. Now, here are my must-haves.

Victoria Beckham Target Collection

See the entire collection with prices here: Victoria Beckham x Target

Double Denim with a Fun Gingham Twist

When I purchased the Banana Republic gingham blazer (albeit at 50% off during the Friends and Family Sale), I wanted to make sure it was an item that would complement my wardrobe. So, I got busy planning outfits around the blazer. You saw the first one in the Fun, Fear, Freedom, and Fashion post. Today, the blazer adds a fresh-for-spring twist to a double denim ensemble.

Gingham blazer | Chambray shirt | Dark rinse jeans | Pumps (old, optionoption)

double denim

My Old Navy chambray shirt and Denizen dark rinse jeans (under $30) anchor the double denim portion of the look. Talk about wardrobe staples. I’ve been wearing these items for years because they go with everything.

To break up the blues party, I added a pair of yellow pumps. If you’re shopping for a pair of colorful pumps, I’ve been eying this Nine West pair. It’s available in yellow and a few other super fun colors for spring.

My yellow pumps, however, are an old pair of J.Crew Roxie pumps. They’ve got suede and colorful feathers. I didn’t stand a chance, y’all; I had to have ’em. Hmm…J.Crew shoes haven’t really drawn my interest this season. Not yet, at least.

Location: Coronado Place and Towers, St. Louis

The One All-Powerful Product Behind my Spring Glow

This post is sponsored by Bolden.

The winter can be so harsh on my skin, y’all. This past winter, though, your girl found herself a secret weapon of skin protection. I’ve been using a Bolden Shea Oil for about 3 months, from head to toe. And, the result? I just welcomed spring with healthy, glowing skin.

Bolden, a skincare brand built by black women, hit the market with a major goal—to provide natural beauty products that address the particular skincare needs of women of color.

Bolden Shea Oil contains 100% shea oil derived from ethically-sourced shea nuts. I was especially excited to try an oil because despite the well-known benefits of using shea, I avoided 100% shea butter products because they’re a chore to apply and usually too heavy for my fine hair.

The Bolden Shea Oil, then, delivers the moisturizing, skin repairing, and protective benefits of shea, but in a more user-friendly formula. Let me tell you, my skin loves the liquid gold in this Bolden product. The oil absorbs quickly into my skin and never feels greasy. And, the smell? Ooh la la! I’ve been using the Bolden Sweet Vanilla Shea Oil, which has 3 ingredients—shea oil, vitamin E, and an essential fragrance oil. The subtle fragrance is sweet and warm.

Bolden Shea Oil

My favorite thing about the all-natural Bolden Shea Oil is that it is safe and effective to use all over the body. I’ve used it in my hair, as a lip balm, as a cuticle oil, and so much more.

This stuff is so good even Nevis (my pup) wants to get in on it. And, hmm…Nevis might benefit from it too.

The Bolden Shea Oil is available in 3 formulations—Unscented, Butter Mint, and my favorite Sweet Vanilla. At under $25, the oil is a steal too. Since the product spreads so effortlessly, it can be used sparingly.